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[Ultimate fighter] Lyoto Machida: A Fencer’s Feet in a Champion’s Style June 11, 2009

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[Ultimate fighter] Lyoto Machida: A Fencer’s Feet in a Champion’s Style 
by Tom Grant

In my time with the Ohio State Fencing team, I had the honor of working under Vladimir Nazlymov, a 10-time world champion and three-time gold medalist in the sport.

Nazlymov grew up on the wrong side of Russia, and his face and hands are covered in the scars and signs of the street fights that defined his early life. He brought that street fighter’s mentality to fencing and dominated the sport for many years.

As his student, I heard him utter “fencing is fighting” countless times.

I have never seen a better parallel to his catchphrase than Lyoto Machida. Some of the things that make Machida awkward, those little quirks, are considered proper technique in fencing

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